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A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

A typology of circular economy discourses: Navigating the diverse visions of a contested paradigm

Author: 
Martin Calisto Friant, Walter J.V. Vermeulen, Roberta Salomone
Publication Date: 
05/2020
Country: 
Netherlands

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Martin Calisto Friant

This research reviews the long history and diversity of circularity thinking to develop a comprehensive timeline, which identifies and conceptually classifies 72 different CE-related concepts from the Global North and South alike (such as industrial ecology, Gandhian and steady-state economics, buen vivir, doughnut economics, degrowth).

This leads to the development of the first typology of circularity discourses, which classifies circularity visions according to their position on fundamental socio-ecological issues. This research thus seeks to provide a basis for a more inclusive and comprehensive discussion on the topic, which opens the imaginary regarding the many circular futures that can exist allows for a cross-pollination of ideas, policies, strategies, practices and solutions.

Make circular economy simpler, more efficient and more competitive

Interreg MED
Author: 
Interreg Med Green Growth Community
Publication Date: 
09/2020
Country: 
EU, Spain

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Contact: 
Patricia Carbonell

This document is the result of the active involvement of the Interreg MED Green Growth community, together with its projects.

To make circular economy (CE) simpler, more efficient and more competitive, it is suggested to take a holistic, integrated and cooperative approach, by considering all phases in which CE is structured, all levels (from local to European) and all stakeholders involved in the implementation of CE models.

The policy recommendations proposed in the document are structured into six main areas:

  1. Investments and access to finance
  2. Technological infrastructure
  3. Labour market and employment
  4. Awareness and knowledge
  5. Cooperation among stakeholders and technology transfer
  6. Cross-cutting issues.

Synergies for Green Growth: a transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED Green Growth Community

Synergies for Green Growth

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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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This transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community displays the horizontal approach towards cooperation on Circular Economy and Green Growth in the Mediterranean as well as challenges, success factors and lessons learned.

Fit for a circular future: Competitiveness & Innovation

White Paper #4 - Fit for a circular future: Competitiveness & Innovation

Fit for a circular future
Author: 
CT BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC), Fondazione Ecosistemi, Italy , Regional Council of Durrës, Albania, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM), Italy
Publication Date: 
09/2019
Country: 
Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Contact: 
Mercè Boy Roura

The fourth Thematic Working Group (TWG) set up by Interreg MED's Green Growth community implemented and assessed solutions to promote competitiveness and innovation of Mediterranean SMEs in a circular economy.

The TWG's White Paper addresses the following issues:

  • smart specialisation, public-private partnerships and innovative funding;
  • lack of effective clusters for companies and stakeholders to connect, work together and transfer innovations;
  • limited access of SMEs to tools, services and funds driving innovation;
  • limited consumer awareness and interest in “green” and “circular” products and services.

 

 

White paper 2: Green smart public services

Promoting Green and Smart Public Services within Mediterranean Municipalities to move towards a Circular Economy: a White Paper by Interreg MED's Green Growth community

Towards Circular Towns and Cities
Author: 
CT BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC) , Fondazione Ecosistemi - Italy, Regional Council of Durrës - Albania, Dynamic Vision - Greece, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM) - Italy
Publication Date: 
09/2019
Country: 
Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The second of four Thematic Working Groups created by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community was tasked with promoting green public procurement (GPP) by which public authorities seek to procure goods and services with reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycles.

This White Paper provides solutions for GPP and addresses issues linked to the lacking integration of sustainability and circular economy criteria in GPP and the provision of public services. It also highlights the need to develop the capacity of private actors to adopt eco-innovation and green energy in order to participate in green e-tenders.

The main objective is to examine public procurement in the context of long-term impacts, with specific attention paid to the role of public authorities.

Make More With Less: Enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean Agro-food Sector and Cities for a Circular Economy

Make More With Less: Enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean - a White Paper by Interreg MED's Green Growth community

Make More With Less
Author: 
BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC), Fondazione Ecosistemi, Regional Council of Durrës, Dynamic Vision, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM)
Publication Date: 
09/2019
Country: 
Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The first of 4 Thematic Working Groups created by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community focused on Sustainable Consumption and Production by enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean agrofood sector, as well as in urban areas through the implementation of the Smart City Concept.

The White Paper zooms in on the difficulties that companies face in:

  • measuring their environmental footprint and resource efficiency;
  • the use of low-cost, low-tech, labour-intensive and rudimentarily-equipped greenhouses;
  • the lack of energy efficiency and renovation of EU buildings.

It then presents the projects' solutions and the benefits of resource efficiency for the environment and the economy. The projects were monitored according to the EU CEAP's indicator framework.

12 Oct 2020 to 18 Oct 2020
Circular Week 2020

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Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Stockholm, Malmo, Vienna, Oslo
Country: 
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden

The Circular Week is an international campaign staging a series of events on circular economy and sustainable development throughout Poland and Europe, in order to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

Circular Economy in Travel and Tourism: a guide for operators and policymakers

Circular Economy in Travel and Tourism

The travel & tourism industry has touchpoints with most, if not all, key value chains and material flows in society and is therefore very relevant to consider for the circular economy transition.

To guide a sustainable recovery and development of the industry post COVID-19, this publication introduces key circular economy principles and concepts in the context of travel & tourism. This report provides private tourism operators with a robust introduction to circular economy concepts and how these apply to their operations and business transformation.

It also offers guidance to policymakers, regulators, and trade bodies on possible circular economy-inspired policy and business development directions.

Innovative plastic materials, natural additives and novel irrigation technologies will improve the performance of Mediterranean greenhouses

Azmud

The AZMUD Project proposes innovations which will help reduce the consumption of water, energy, nutrients and pesticides, and promote the use of waste water in greenhouse cultivations.

C-SERVEES: Circular economy brings new business models to electrical and electronic sector

C-SERVEES

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is coordinating a project called C-SERVEES to develop more circular products like washing machines, laser printers and toner cartridges, TV sets and telecom equipment.

Crush Cocoa - a new ecological paper from cocoa beans

Favini Crush Cocoa Domori

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Italy

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In line with a circular economy strategy, the company Favini and chocolatiers Domori have developped an industrial symbiosis system to produce the ecological paper Crush Cocoa from cocoa processing waste.

Copenhagen International School (CIS) - a low-energy building and the largest building-integrated photovoltaic in Europe

The school building’s unique facade is covered in 12,000 solar panels, each individually angled to create a sequin-like effect,

CIS Nordhavn is a new school building for the Copenhagen International School (CIS). It is a low-energy building and the largest building-integrated photovoltaic installation in Europe.

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever

In 2016, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) set up a Symbiosis Users Network (SUN) to boost industrial symbiosis in Italy. The network promotes circular economy models through industrial symbiosis by focusing on operational issues.

SUN's 2019 conference was devoted to Good practices of industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever. The event, co-organised by SUN, Ecomondo and ENEA was held in Rimini (IT) on 7 November 2019 at Ecomondo - a leading event in Europe for new circular economy models.

Click on 2017 and 2019 to see the reports on SUN's two conferences.

Reports on ENEA-promoted conferences on industrial symbiosis are available here.

09 Jul 2020
Tondo

The webinar session titled "Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy" is part of a series of online events by Tondo. It will held on 9 July 2020 at 6 p.m. (in English with the support of slides).

 

14 Jul 2020
CINDERELA project webinar

CINDERELA invites you to this webinar on 14 July 2020 (9:30-11:30 CEST). The EU-funded project will present "CINDERELA One-Stop-Shop" (CinderOSS), its new digital platform for actors involved in chains for urban construction works with the use of secondary raw materials (SRM) recovered from local/regional waste streams.

Clariter - turning end-of-life plastic into new ingredients and products

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Luxembourg

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Recycling prolongs the life of plastic by re-creating plastic waste into new plastic items. Clariter is a global clean-tech company that has developed a new process to address the world's plastic waste problem.

Circular Schools Programme (PEC by INEC)

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The National Institute for Circular Economy (INEC) in France is launching the Circular Schools Programme (PEC), an operational project aimed at making schools a model for the circular economy.

Circular economy brings value for real estate businesses

Start/End date: 
26/02/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Research led by Ellen McArthur Foundation in cooperation with Arup highlights the benefits of the circular economy. It outlines five models for real estate business.

Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy: how to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness in a future with finite resources

Resource Effectiveness and Circular Economy project logotype

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Author: 
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Sweden

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Contact: 
Caroline Ankarcrona

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) has always been a meeting place for Sweden’s future. It builds bridges between the business community, the public sector, academia and the political sphere.

Its two-year project "Resource Effectiveness and the Circular Economy" was aimed at making Sweden more competitive in a future with finite resources, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, by economising on resources and developing new technologies, services and business models in five areas:

Read the synthesis report, marking the completion of the project, which presents the most important conclusions, recommendations and action plans from the five subprojects.

 

 

Test yourself and your lifestyle by Sitra

Sitra logo

Is your lifestyle good or bad for the environment? After taking this short test by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, you will receive tailor-made tips. The aim is to help you save time and money and so to improve your quality of life. 

How circular economy practices help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

How circular economy practices help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs and Circular Economy

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Author: 
Suzan van Kruchten , Freek van Eijk
Publication Date: 
05/2020
Country: 
Netherlands

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Holland Circular Hotspot

 

Holland Circular Hotspot is a private-public platform in which companies, knowledge institutes and local authorities collaborate to promote and support international collaboration and knowledge exchange on Dutch circular economy, and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, a government agency for sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business development and growth, have come together to share insights, networks and resources to help kickstart circular developments that will boost the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Circular examples from various market segments closely linked to SDGs such as agri-food, manufacturing and the built environment are included in the brochure next to cross-sectoral topics such as consumer goods or plastics.

CYCLE: Improving resource utilisation in the food chain

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Other (Norway)

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Fisheries and aquaculture

The CYCLE 2013-2017 interdisciplinary project, supported by the Research Council of Norway, focused on the food supply chain from both agriculture and marine sectors, with the aim to improve utilisation of raw materials in a bio-economical perspective. 

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

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This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a 1st inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

Ecopreneur.eu: Circular fashion and textile producing countries

Ecopreneur cotton
Author: 
Arthur ten Wolde, Polina Korneeva, Josefine Koehler
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Belgium

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Contact: 
Josefine Köhler

Textiles and clothing play an important role in our everyday life. But the global fashion industry model is unsustainable. It uses large amounts of resources and has negative impacts on the environment and people. The global fashion industry, therefore, has to make a transition towards a circular model. In a ‘circular’ fashion economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy to avoid becoming waste.

This research note produced by Ecopreneur.eu is a first inventory of the potential impacts of future EU circular fashion on non-European textile producing countries. It uses existing literature and input from four circular economy experts to analyse the economic, social and environmental impacts. 

Circular case studies developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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26/05/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
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Cowes

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation regularly shares case studies that are relevant to the circular economy.

CIRCLE - promoting circular economy in SMEs in rural areas

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Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden

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Erik Rosenblad

CIRCLE is a transnational cooperation project aimed at promoting circular economy solutions in SMEs in rural areas.

The project comes under the EU's LEADER programme and its objectives are as follows: 

  • increase knowledge and awareness about circular economy and its potential for enterprises in rural areas
  • increase cooperation between local enterprises
  • increase international cooperation and create networks, and to enhance existing ways of implementing circular economy.

The project partners have agreed to organise one programme in each country with visits to enterprises, farms and organisations implementing circular economy or innovative environment-friendly solutions.

Wanted by Sitra: Circular economy solutions that change the world

Start/End date: 
28/05/2020
Country: 
Finland
City: 
Helsinki

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The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is collecting a selection of circular economy solutions that are among the most viable, promising, scalable and impactful in the world.

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